Rollins Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers

Rodney C. Adkins ’81, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, and Eric Spiegel will address graduates at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Rodney C. Adkins ’81, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, and Eric Spiegel Rodney C. Adkins ’81, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, and Eric Spiegel

College of Liberal Arts

Rodney C. Adkins ’81, president of 3RAM Group LLC, will deliver the keynote address at Rollins’ 128th commencement ceremony, which will be held Sunday, May 13.

Prior to 3RAM, Adkins was senior vice president of IBM, where he was the company’s first African-American senior vice president and corporate officer. He retired from IBM after more than 33 years of service. Adkins’ major contributions include helping develop the personal computer industry, launching the IBM ThinkPad mobile PC and leading IBM’s POWER business to become the dominant player in the UNIX market.

He currently serves on the corporate boards of Avnet, PayPal, PPL Corporation, United Parcel Service, Inc., and W. W. Grainger, Inc. Adkins holds a BA in physics from Rollins, BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and two honorary doctorates. He is a member of the board of trustees of Rollins and the Harlem School of the Arts board as well as a founding donor of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Hamilton Holt School

U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, who represents Florida’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, will give the keynote address at the Hamilton Holt School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12.

Congresswoman Murphy currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee, where she serves as ranking member on the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. Previously, Congresswoman Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor after serving as a national security specialist in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, where she received numerous awards for her distinguished service. 

Congresswoman Murphy holds an MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in economics from the College of William & Mary. She lives in Winter Park with her husband and two young children.

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Crummer Graduate School of Business

Long considered a thought leader in the business community, Eric Spiegel will address the graduating class of the Crummer Graduate School of Business on Saturday, May 5.

Spiegel has more than 37 years of global leadership and consulting experience leading multicultural teams in complex organizations in the energy, industrials, and health-care sectors. As the former president and CEO of Siemens USA, Spiegel was responsible for growing the U.S. business in the company’s largest market, which included more than $22 billion in sales. Spiegel joined Siemens in 2010 after 25 years of global consulting experience with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Currently, Spiegel serves as a special advisor to General Atlantic LLC, a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies. In addition, he is a member of the board of trustees at Rollins, the chairman of the board of directors at CLEAResult, Inc., and a member of the board of directors at Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. 

Spiegel holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar, and received his AB with honors in economics from Harvard University.